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Kotido Hospital Yet to Operationalise Key Departments

Dr. Abdilahi Muhammed Lomwar, the acting Hospital in Charge, says that although the number of patients has more than doubled the hospital is still operating below capacity due to inadequate medical equipment and health workers.

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Patient attendance at Kotido Hospital has more than doubled following the upgrade of the facility from a Health Center IV in July this year. The hospital used to receive an average of 3, 200 patients in three months. 

However, the hospital has handled close to 7000 in the last two months with a daily attendance of 120 patients a day. Dr. Abdilahi Muhammed Lomwar, the acting Hospital in Charge, says that although the number of patients has more than doubled the hospital is still operating below capacity due to inadequate medical equipment and health workers.    

Currently, Kotido hospital runs a blood bank, theatre, laboratory, maternal and a dilapidated children’s ward. The hospital is yet to functionalize departments such as X-ray, radiology, Eyecare Unit and Orthopaedics due to lack of infrastructure and manpower. 

Dr. Lomwar disclosed that the government is yet to allocate the hospital money for the construction of key infrastructure to enable them to offer the required services. He says that currently, they refer patients in need of specialized services to other hospitals in the region.

Dr. Lomwar also says that currently, the hospital receives medicines and medical supplies worth Shillings 62 million, which is allotted to district hospitals. “We are already receiving supplies for a hospital. Our medicines and supplies are worth 62 million up from Shillings 16 million when this was a health centre IV,” he said in an interview with our reporter.

 

Although the hospital cannot offer all the required services, the district leadership is excited that their long-awaited request has seen light. Sabina Irar, the Lokitelaebu Town Council and Kotido Sub County Woman LC V councillor is confident that the hospital means more patients including mothers needing caesareans will not lose their lives while being transferred elsewhere because their cases will be handled in Kotido.

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Jonathan Lokira, the councillor of Nakapelimoru sub-county is excited, saying that this was a long-term pledge from the president. He challenges the government to plan for the growth of the hospital and the recruitment of more health workers.

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Irar is certain that government will fix the challenge of inadequate facilities and health workers.

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Dr. Serino Acar, the Kotido District Health Officer, says that they are yet to receive a wage allocation to enable the recruitment of more health workers.

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